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March 23, 2020

On March 14, 2020, a front page story in the Los Angeles Times featured the department’s effort to expand in-house COVID-19 testing with a new state-of-the-art instrument.

Resident Ying Liu received two awards for her poster at the 109th Annual US & Canadian Academy of Pathology: 2nd place from the Chinese American Pathologists Association’s Best Abstract Awards and Honorable Award from International Association of Chinese Pathologists Best Abstract competition. 

The 109th Annual US & Canadian Academy of Pathology include eight poster presentations from our department including work on AI/ML, novel microscopy methods, new rapid staining methods, and molecular pathology.  Presenters include faculty Farzad Fereidouni, Kuang-yu Jen, Kurt Schaberg, and residents Ying Liu and Alejandro Mendoza. 

Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies Richard Levenson spoke on the evolution of microscopy at the History of Pathology Society’s companion meeting at 109th Annual US & Canadian Academy of Pathology on March 1, 2020.  

Biophysicist Farzad Fereidouni PhD joined the department as assistant professor.  His research includes biophotonics approaches to novel tissue imaging.  

February 20, 2020

Vice Chair of Research Yvonne Wan received a UCD Global Affairs Seed Grant to generate novel nano-formulated oral drugs for colon cancer and other cancers in collaboration with Taipei Medical University's College of Pharmacy.  

Professor Jeff Gregg spoke at the California State Capitol as part of the Promise of Precision Medicine and Biomarker Testing in Cancer Symposium, sponsored by the LUNGevity Foundation on February 11, 2020. His topic was “The Importance of Comprehensive Genomic/Biomarker Profiling and it's Role in Clinical Treatment for Advanced Cancer”

Professor and Vice Chair of Informatics Hooman Rashidi and Assistant Professor Brittany Dugger shared their AI/ML work at UC Davis' Data Science Day on February 10, 2020.

Professor Alexander (Sandy) Borowsky was a speaker in Radiomics, Digital Detection, Pathomics, and Big Data session at the 7th Annual US-Japan Workshop on Biomarkers for Cancer Early Detection, in Tokyo on January 26-27, 2020. 

Associate Professor Konstantinos Zarbalis spoke on “Stem Cells and Autism: From Brain Development to Therapy” at the Annual Fall Regenerative Medicine Lecture at California State University Sacramento on 11/20/2019.

January 29, 2020

Nam Tran and Hooman Rashidi’s article “Early-Recognition of Burn- and Trauma-related Acute Kidney Injury: A Pilot Comparison of Machine Learning Techniques” was published in Nature Scientific Reports.

Assistant Professor Brittany Dugger was a panelist at the Precision Medicine World Conference in Santa Clara, CA on January 21-24, 2020.  She spoke on implementing machine learning decision support in hospitals and healthcare systems.

Vice Chair of Strategic Technology Richard Levenson was elected a fellow of the international society for optics and photonics, SPIE. 

Vice Chair of Informatics Hooman Rashidi and his machine-learning optimizer, MILO, was featured at UC Davis’ Biotech Innovation Gallery during the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference on January 14, 2020 in San Francisco.

The 15 year experience from the department’s Edmondson Summer Research Internship program was published in Academic Pathology, the official journal of the Association of Pathology Chairs.

Associate Professor Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno spoke on “Cortical Intralaminar Astrocytes During Development and Evolution” at the Winter Colloquia for UC Davis’ Center for the Advancement of Multi-Cultural Perspectives in Science (CAMPOS) on January 9, 2020.

Assistant Professor Kristin Grimsrud’s poster “Challenges and Lessons Learned from Clinical Opioid Pharmacogenetics in Burn Patients” won the Clinical Innovation Award at UC Davis’ Human Genomics Symposium on Nov. 22, 2020.

December 9, 2019

Assistant Professor Brittany Dugger received a $1.7M grant from the California Dept. of Public Health for her project using machine-learning approaches to detect Alzheimer's disease. Pathology faculty Lee-Way Jin and John Paul Graff are members of the research team.

Residency and fellowship alumnus Jose Galvez MD has been appointed as the US Food and Drug Administration’s Deputy Director, Office of Strategic Programs.  Dr. Galvez was Chief of the Office of Biomedical Translational Research Informatics Systems at the NIH Clinical Center. 

At the American Society of Cytopathology 67th annual meeting, Associate Professor James Chan’s work with former faculty member Eric Huang on diagnostic use of Raman spectroscopy in thyroid lesions received the New Frontiers Award. Fellow Alejandro Mendoza was a finalist for the Quality Improvement Award. 

November 12, 2019

Professor Alexander "Sandy" Borowsky is part of the new Cooperative Research Center for NanoScaffold-Based Chlamydia trachomatis Vaccines, and serves as the immunopathologist in the development and testing of a novel vaccine against Chlamydia infection. Funded by a five-year, $10.1M NIH grant, this work is led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and includes investigators from UC Davis and UC Irvine.  

Assistant Professor Brittany Dugger co-authored the new book “Fundamental Statistical Methods in the Analysis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases” published by Johns Hopkins University Press. 

Vice Chair of Informatics and GME Hooman Rashidi delivered three lectures on artificial intelligence/imachine learning in pathology as a visiting professor at Romania’s  Vasile GoldiÈ™ Western University of Arad.

Associate Professor Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno was honored with an ADVANCE Scholar Award on October 24, 2019 in recognition of her research leadership, outreach and mentorship of those under-represented in STEM.

Resident Ying Liu’s abstract “Genomic Signatures and Clinicopathological Correlation in Uterine Smooth Muscle Tumors of Uncertain Malignant Potential, Leiomyosarcoma, and Leiomyoma with Bizarre Nuclei” has been accepted for competition in the prestigious Stowell-Orbison Surgical Pathology/Autopsy Award at the US & Canadian Academy of Pathology’s annual meeting in March 2020. 

October 17, 2019

Medical student Vivian Tang received a travel scholarship to attend the College of American Pathologists’ annual meeting in Orlando, FL, September 21-25, 2019, and presented her poster “Neuropathologic Applications of Microscopy with Ultraviolet Surface Excitation (MUSE): A Concordance Study of Primary and Metastatic Tumors”. Drs. Mirna Lechpammer and Richard Levenson served as faculty mentors for this project.

A new breath test to detect opioids supported by the department’s Collaborative for Diagnostic Innovation was reported in the Journal of Breath Research, by Professors Cristina Davis (Biomedical Engineering) and Michael Schivo (Pulmonary and Critical Care, Department of Internal Medicine).

Two UCD Health clinical lab scientist students, Nicole Velez and Cary Westergard, received scholarships at the California Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists annual meeting in Sacramento, September 20-22.

September 18, 2019

Assistant Professor Kristin Grimsrud received a K01 Award for her project "Characterizing the Impact of Genetic Polymorphism on Fentanyl Efficacy and Tolerance in Pediatrics."

UC Davis Health's blog "Good Food is Good Medicine" features research by Vice Chair of Research Yvonne Wan on the effects of tea on health. 

UC Davis Health’s clinical laboratory’s leading-edge work in antimicrobial stewardship was featured in the August issue of CAP Today.

Director of Clinical Chemistry Nam Tran visited Thailand's Naresuan University and spoke on “The Future of Point-of-Care Testing and the Promise of Artificial Intelligence” on September 9, 2019. His host was former UCD Ph.D. student and post-doctoral fellow, Asst. Professor Dr. Wanvisa Treebuphachatsakul.

Hematopathology fellowship alumnus Ted Strom, M.D., Ph.D. died in the tragic dive boat fire off the coast of California on September 6. Dr. Strom was an associate professor at the Univ. of Tennessee Heath Science Center and practiced at the VA Medical Center in Memphis.

Associate Professor Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno was recognized by the UC Davis MIND Institute for her collaboration at the “Aprendiendo Juntos” Conference on August 31, 2019.

Ralph Green was a panelist at the National Institutes of Health Workshop NIH Workshop on “Metabolic Interaction Between Excess Folates/Folic acid and Vitamin B12 Deficiency” in Bethesda, MD on July 31 - August 1, 2019.

September 3, 2019

Professors Richard Levenson and Bennet Omalu were recognized on The Pathologist's Power List 2019 as trailblazers of the lab. 

Professor Hooman Rashidi and Associate Professor Nam Tran gave a platform presentation on “Burn Sepsis and Acute Kidney Injury: Unique Population and the Promise of Artificial Intelligence” at the Next Generation Dx Summit, August 20-22, 2019 in Washington DC.

A poster by Clinical Chemistry Director Nam Tran and colleagues on “Comparison of Traumatic Injury Biomarker Profiles Between Burned and Non-Burned Trauma Patients: Are Burn Patients Different?” was presented at the Military Health System Research Symposium 

Researcher Ying Hu PhD received a NIH R50 Research Specialist Award which provides 5 years of full salary support to develop stable research career opportunities for exceptional scientists pursuing research within an existing NCI-funded translational cancer research program. Dr. Hu works in the laboratory of Vice Chair of Research Yvonne Wan PhD.

Chair Lydia Howell was quoted in a New York Times article on family-friendly careers in medicine.

Assistant professor Brittany Dugger received a $3.8 million grant from the National Institute of Aging to define the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease in Hispanic cohorts.

August 14, 2019

Clinical Chemistry Director Nam Tran spoke as part of a multi-disciplinary panel presentation on high-sensitivity troponin with Drs. Robert Christiansen (UMaryland), Lori Daniels (UCSD), and Bryn Mumma (UCD) at the American Association of Clinical Chemistry’s 71st annual meeting in Anaheim, August 4-8, 2019.

Associate Professor James Chan’s recent publication on the use of Raman spectroscopy for diagnosis of thyroid nodules was featured on the Optical Society’s website.

Vice Chair of Research Yvonne Wan has been appointed a Councilor for the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America.

Graduating cytotechnology student Jaycie Dunshie is a 2019 recipient of the Geraldine Colby Zeiler Award for Students of Cytotechnology given annually by the College of American Pathologists Foundation Board of Directors and the American Society of Cytopathology.

July 23, 2019

Assistant professors Brittany Dugger and John Paul Graff presented a discussion group on “Implementing Artificial Intelligence in Academic Pathology Departments” on July 24, 2019 at the Association of Pathology Chairs annual meeting in Boston.

Associate Dean of Curriculum Kristin Olson gave two presentation at the Association of Pathology Chair’s annual meeting in Boston.  On July 23, 2019 she spoke on “Providing Faculty/Career Development”. On July 24, 2019, she shared “Pathologist Experience in Educational Leadership.”

Assistant professor Elham Vali Betts and Associate Dean of Curriculum Kristin Olson and presented a poster on Utility of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning in the Histology Education Arena” on July 22, 2019 at the Association of Pathology Chairs’ annual meeting in Boston. Dr. Vali Betts also presented poster “Utility of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning in Identifying Acute Leukemia, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia in Peripheral Blood”

Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies Richard Levenson shared his experience and thoughts on the future of pathology in an interview with The Pathologist.

Faculty members Hooman Rashidi and Nam Tran developed an artificial intelligence tool that uses laboratory data to predict the development of acute kidney injury in burn unit patients.

July 1, 2019

On July 1, eight outstanding new housestaff joined the department, including new residents Luke Dang (Univ. of Washington), Jacob Donnelly (Marian Univ.), Alexander Ladenheim (NY Medical College). New fellows include Jinhua Piao in Cytopath, Ananya Datta Mitra in Hemepath, Samer Albahra (Informatics), Alejandro Mendoza and Trevor Starnes in Surg Path.

Professor Jeff Gregg spoke on "The Clinical Utility of Comprehensive Genomic Profiling in Breast Cancer” at the 4th China-US Summit Forum on Breast Cancer in Guangzhou, China on June 21-22, 2019. Over 700 breast cancer specialists attended the two-day conference aimed at forming a global unified front to combat breast cancer.

Resident Ying Liu received the Certificate of Congressional Recognition on June 22, 2019 from Congresswoman Judy Chu PhD for her volunteer work with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness of cancer prevention and health among Chinese-Americans.

On June 17, 12 talented undergraduates joined the department as 2019 Edmondson Summer Research Interns: Holly Adams (Occidental), Isabel Ball (Bowdoin), Taylor Borgelt (Howard), Amanda Brewster (Santa Rosa Jr. Coll), Markaila Farnham (Emory), Casey Gilles (UCLA), Michael Hsieh (UCD), Alexander Lopez (UCD), Juan Novoa (UCD), Giselle Roches (St. Mary's of CA), Levon Witherspoon (San Mateo Comm College), Felicia Yen (UCD).

Assistant professors Brittany Dugger and John Paul Graff spoke as panelists at the University of California’s Artificial Intelligence in Biomedicine Conference at UCLA on June 17-18, 2019.

Associate professor Kostas Zarbalis presented "Wdfy3 in neural stem cell proliferation and long-range connectivity" at the 5th Annual Shriner's-Temple Symposium on Neural Repair in Philadelphia on June 14, 2019.

June 17, 2019

Vice Chair of Research Yvonne Wan receive the Best Tea Health Advocate for her research on the effects of tea on the GI microbiome and its influence in liver carcinogenesis at The World Tea Expo, in Las Vegas, June 11, 2019. Dr. Wan was nominated by the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative.

On June 6-9, 2019, the American Association of Neuropathologists’ annual meeting featured presentations from UC Davis pathology faculty. Associate professor Mirna Lechpammer presented a poster on “Metabolic profile alterations in the rodent brain following brief exposure to DMSO in infancy”. Assistant professor Brittany Dugger gave a platform presentation on "Amyloid beta deposit identification by multiple expert trained machine learning models."

May 30, 2019

Vice Chair of Research, Dr. Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan, PhD, has been nominated for the Best Tea Health Advocate for her research on the impact of tea on the microbiome and its effect in health and disease. This award will be given the 2019 World Tea Expo in Las Vegas in June.

Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies, Dr. Richard Levenson will serve as one of the faculty lecturers at the Jena-Davis (JEDIS) Alliance of Excellence in Biophotonics’ inter-disciplinary summer school for graduate students and early stage career post-doctoral fellows on August 25-30, 2019.

Professor Dr. Bennet Omalu will serve as the speaker for the UC Davis Graduate Studies commencement on June 13, 2019.

Director of Clinical Chemistry, Dr. Nam Tran, gave platform and poster presentations on biotin, and ran a discussion panel won best practices in handling immunoassay interferences at EuroMedLab 2019 in Barcelona, May 19-23, 2019.

American Society for Apheresis's 40th annual meeting in Portland, OR on May 14-18 featured posters by our apheresis team, including faculty Drs. Grace Monis, Leonor Fernando, and Sarah Barnhard, Chief Resident Dr. Andy Jones, and Edmondson Summer Research Intern Esteban Rios.

Graduating medical student Karly Williams Silva was the recipient of the 2019 Robert Stowell, MD, PhD Award for Excellence in Pathology at the Student Awards Dinner on May 14, 2019.

Assistant Professor, Dr. Brittany Dugger’s novel artificial intelligence tool to aid in diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease is featured in a new UCD Health video.

Distinguished Professor, Dr. Ralph Green, an expert on B-vitamins and their effect in health and disease, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal’s recent article on B12 deficiency.

April 28, 2019

Professor and Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies, Dr. Richard Levenson, has been appointed to the editorial board of the American Journal of Pathology.

In honor of National Laboratory Professionals Week, KCRA Channel 3 shared efforts to support wellness for our laboratory staff in a news story on April 25, 2019.

Hooman Rashidi, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education, has been appointed to the National Editorial Board of the Journal of Pathology Informatics.

Educational outreach programs on neuroscience and brain health developed by Assistant Professor Dr. Brittany Dugger and Associate Professor Dr. Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño for local K-12 students were featured in a recent press release.

The American Burn Association’s annual meeting in Las Vegas, April 2-5, 2019, featured several presentations from the department, including a platform presentation by Assistant Professor Dr. Kristin Grimsrud “Characterizing Fentanyl Variability Using Population Pharmacokinetics in Pediatric Burn Patients.” PhD candidate Kelly Lima, a mentee of Associate Professor Dr. Nam Tran, presented a poster “A Survey of Bacterial Microbiome Dysbiosis in Burn ICU Patients.”

April 5, 2019

Associate Professor Dr. Konstantinos Zarbalis presented "Pak1ip1 gene mutation results in neural crest-dependent developmental defects" at the West Coast Regional Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology Meeting, March 21-24, 2019 in Cambria, CA.

For the next six years, Associate Professor Dr. Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño will serve as a research advisor for the University of Puerto Rico Medical School.  She is the first woman chosen as an advisor in the 17 years of the program.

Preclinical findings from the laboratory of Associate Professor Dr. Izumi Maezawa published in Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, showed that senicapoc, a KCa3.1 inhibitor developed to treat sickle cells disease, reduced neuroinflammation and mitigated Alzheimer’s disease-like deficits in mice.

Vice Chair of Research Dr. Yvonne Wan received a $2.7M award to study “Dietary-modulated Bile Acid Signaling in Regulating Cognitive Health and Dysfunction” from the California Department of Public Health’s Alzheimer’s Disease Program Director of Neuropathology Dr. Lee-Way Jin is a co-PI on this project.

Resident Dr. Ying Liu and faculty mentor Assistant Professor Dr. Karen Matsukuma presented a poster “Analyzing Anatomic Pathology On-Call Summaries to Improve Pathology Resident On-Call Experience and Patient Care” at the 2019 annual meeting of the US and Canadian Academy of Pathology, March 15-21, in Baltimore.

Director of Neuropathology Dr. Lee-Way Jin is principle investigator on a new $2.1M NIH grant for "The potassium channel Kv1.3 in perinatal brain injury" which includes Associate Professor of Pathology Dr. Izumi Maezawa.

Match Day brought the department 4 new incoming residents: Luke Dang (Univ. of Washington), Jacob Donnelly (Marian Univ.), Alexander Ladenheim (NY Medical College), Anupam Mitra (R.G. Kar Medical School).

UCD Health’s annual Quality Forum on March 13 featured 9 posters and a platform presentation from the department. Projects represented work from all parts of the laboratory, including integration of HIV and hepatitis C testing into the Emergency Department, clinical utility of high-sensitivity troponin, detection of pneumonia-causing origin in urine, transitioning from APTT to anti-Xa testing in the laboratory, rapid detection of pregnancy in the Emergency Dept, blood management strategies, and more.

March 4, 2019

Three department faculty will be sharing their work at the TriCon Conference on March 10-15, 2019 in San Francisco: Professors Dr. Richard Levenson and Dr. Hooman Rashidi will speak on the digital pathology program, and Professor emeritus Dr. Gerald Kost will speak in the point-of-care technologies program.

KCRA Channel 3 featured Assistant Professor Dr. Brittany Dugger and her new project to create a digitized brain bank to unlock the mysteries of Alzheimer's Disease. 

Associate Professor Dr. Nam Tran was featured in a podcast on "Role of Diagnostics In Supporting Antibiotic Stewardship Goals" as part of an educational program “C. diff. Spores and More” on healthcare-associated infections sponsored by Clorox.

Professor Dr. Jeff Gregg, Senior Director of Clinical Pathology, received a $201,205 award from AstraZeneca for his study “Tumor mutational burden correlation to PD-L1 immunohistochemistry, and clinical outcome with immune-oncology therapy.”

Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education Dr. Hooman Rashidi presented his artificial intelligence work “Sometimes Less Yields More: Will Artificial Intelligence be Ready for Prime Time?” at the Southeastern Administrators and Pathology Chairs Regional Conference in Amelia Island, February 1-3, 2019.

January 29, 2019

Assistant Professor, Dr. John Paul Graff, led an Innovation Hackathon sponsored by Vision Service Plan at the UC Davis Machine Learning Workgroup’s networking event on January 30, 2019.

The UC Davis All of Us research program, led by site principle investigator Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Borowsky, had a successful site visit by NIH program officer Holly Garriock on January 28, 2019.

The annual meeting of the Group for Research in Pathology Education on January 24-26, 2019 in New Orleans featured a presentation by Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education Dr. Hooman Rashidi on “Integrating Technology Tools in Medical Education.” Associate Dean of Curriculum Dr. Kristin Olson served on the program committee.

Medical student Alanna Dubrovsky presented her project "The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Teaching Human Histology" at the Western Medical Research Conference on January 24, 2019 in Carmel, CA. Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education Dr. Hooman Rashidi served as her mentor.

Distinguished Professor Dr. Ralph Green’s “Primer on Vitamin B12 Deficiency” received a ‘Highly cited paper’ designation by Web of Science as one of the top 1% of papers of similar age in the field of clinical medicine.

January 11, 2019

Vice Chair of Research Dr. Yvonne Wan is a featured speaker at 4th Annual Tea Colloquium sponsored by the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative on January 24, 2019 and will share her work on the effects of tea on the microbiome and its influence on health.

Residency program coordinator Anna Schmidt has been chosen as one of two UCD coordinators to attend the American College of Graduate Medical Education’s annual meeting in Orlando, March 7-10, 2019.

The department's holiday star giving program raised $3350 for the California Fire Foundation, UC Davis Kiwanis House, UC Davis Veterinary Catastrophic Fund, and the Sacramento Food Bank. Department members purchased $10 stars to show gratitude to co-workers which raised funds for the donations.

Associate Professor Dr. Mirna Lechpammer and medical student mentee Vivian Tang received a $5,000.00 Pathology Trainee Project Grant in Healthcare Innovation from the Association of Pathology Chairs’ Society of ’67 for their project “Slide-free Histology via Microscopy using Ultraviolet Surface Excitation – Applications in Neuropathology.”

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